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PV-1 Ventura 1/48 Scale Model Aircraft

PV-1 Ventura 1/48 Scale Model Aircraft
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Model: APV1TE
Dimensions: Length: 16.50 x Span: 12.75

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The Lockheed Ventura is a bomber and patrol aircraft during World War II, developed from the Lockheed Lodestar transport.

PV-1 is the version of Ventura built for the U.S. Navy and early production of the aircraft still carried a bombardier's station behind the nose radome, having four side windows and a flat bomb-aiming panel underneath the nose. Late production of PV-1s dispensed with this bomber position and replaced it with a pack with three 0.50 inch machine guns underneath the nose. It could also carry eight 5 in (127 mm) HVAR rockets on launchers underneath the wings.

In December 1942, PV-1 was delivered and entered service in February 1943. The first squadron was the VP-135 which was deployed in the Aleutian Islands in April 1943. They were operated by three other squadrons in this theater. PV-1s would often lead B-24 bomber formations, since the aircraft comes equipped with radar. PV-1s were deployed to the Solomon Islands as night fighters in late 1943.

After World War II, PV-1s became obsolete and the aircraft were sent to Naval Air Station Clinton to be demilitarized and reduced to scrap.

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